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Imperial Stout Trooper - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
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New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goodbyeohio on 12-29-2006

2006 - 12oz bottle
2007 - not released
2008 - 12oz bottle
2009 - 750ml bottle
2010 - 750ml bottle and Groucho glasses label change
2011 - bottle date added to label
2012 - 500ml bottles
2013 - 500mL bottle labeled 12/2013
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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, 1st off such a great label. Pours jet black with an great tan chestnut head. Good retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy on espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some licorice. Flavor is the same. Rich roasted mallts, espresso, and some chocolate and licorice. Bitter and dense. This beer has a distinct dark chocolate and cocoa finish. Such a smooth mouthfeel, nice and viscus, thick. Really quafable for a RIS.
I got my bottles filled at the brewery in front of my eyes. The NEBCO guys and gals are some of the nicest and most grounded in the business. Big respect.

Photo of circlenine
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery 12/18/10.

A: Deep dark brown with light tan head, about a finger and a half. Head subsides slowly into the brew.

S: Rich and deep. If you've ever smelled anything like it, you know what I'm talking about. If not, well, you're missing out. This stout reminds me of the gal from the high school dance that no matter how cute she was and how dorky one may be, she was definitely approachable from across a crowded room and there was no fear of rejection.

T: Amazing. Get one. Try one. Love one. Repeat.

D: This stout is smooth! Easy to drink whether on tap or from the bottle. At 8.5%, the ABV is just right so as to enjoy the full bottle and remember it when you're done.

Comments: Sometimes simple is better. This tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout should taste. At a time when other breweries are trying to do so many different things to stand out, I say Amen to NEBCO for keeping the RIS real and not trying to do too much with it. There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it tastes this good. Major kudos on the new label art.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler at the brewery. Thanks Matt & Rob for your hospitality once again. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Jet black, medium head.

S - Here comes the coffee!

T - Really get the coffe and chocolate. Great coffee bitterness afterwards.

M - Medium carbonation

D - Very easy.

Nice to get the holidays going with a good local beer. Happy to have had a growler rather than a bottle which will be snatched up shortly next week!

Photo of BranfordBound
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th beer review. (Yay!)

Poured from a growler that contained this stout which was still in the packaging tank at the brewery itself, literally a day or two old. Pours black, plain and simple, a one finger head of tiny bubbles takes awhile to form as this beer appears super thick. Leaves tons of little lacing spots. This beer has "legs", super thick.

Smells of piney hops, chocolate, and slight molasses.

Wow! Very strong, super malty, tons of stout goodness, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, coffee, etc. Ends with a nice roasted note in combination with a strong hop presence. Bitter. Aftertaste lingers. Like a strong Old Rasputin.

Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and smooth. Heavy bodied.

Well, if Imperial Stouts is your thing, then IST is the beer for you. Perfect for those who love Old Raspy, but crave a little more. About as drinkable as it could be.

"Drink it. It's good." - NEBCo

Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Split with my brother and Dad. Many thanks go out to dontcostnuthin for hooking me up with this bottle.

A- Pours a jet black color almost a motor oil color. One finger beige colored head that shows light retention. This kind of leaves a light cap on the beer. Some streaky lacing on the sides of the glass in light mention. This beer has legs though!

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of this one. Bitter baker's chocolate in the middle of this gives way to some light molasses tones that grow the warmer this beer gets. Also, as the beer warms the chocolate aroma gets stronger. Darker fruits seem to come through in hints throughout the entire beer..more so as the beer warms. Alcohol comes through in the ending.

T- Interesting as this isn't as over the top as I would expect. Chocoalte malts in the front of the beer with a light roasted flavor. More roasted flavor in the middle of the beer with a mix of darker fruits. Some light molasses notes with some last lingering chocolate malt in the ending of the beer. Alcohol comes in the ending with a warming hint as the beer itself warms. Simple and not over the top which I figured it would be.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Chocoalte malts with a hint of roasted malts left on the palate. The aftertaste is mostly alcohol, roasted malts, and a hint of baker's chocolate. The flavors are well blended for the style. No off flavors and it was crisp tasting as well. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer wasn't over the top but well made which made it a easy drinker. The ABV is well hidden making this almost dangerous. I am enjoying everything that New England is putting out and this is no exception. I would suggest this beer as it is a easy drinker without being over the top.

Photo of cope0021
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage
Pours a dark, viscous black that resembles motor oil. Thin, but persistant head with nice legs

Smells wonderful. Pick up a slight hint of alcohol, but not too much. Chocolate and slight fruit notes are also present.

Taste is exceptional. A lot of flavor, but not too much to be overpowering. A touch of bitterness, but it is well ballanced. Though the alcohol is not overpoweing, there is some deffinite heat on the way down.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beddachedda for bringing this to the Firestone 14 After Party at the Pour House yesterday! You rock Evan! Following review based on notes by Wiseman Nick.

Bottle date unknown. 4oz. sample poured into a Stone 12th Anniversary tasting glass.

Appearance: Poured pitch black with a tight brown head. Head quickly diminished to a thin crown, and then disappeared shortly afterward. Body looks thick, and is totally opaque. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Chocolate malt, roasted barley, cream, and light caramel. Pretty mild/weak overall, though I have been drinking some very intense beers tonight.

Taste: Dark chocolate, cocoa, oats, and molasses. Nicely put together, but pretty simple. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Malty, lightly carbonated, full, and roasty. Excellent for the style.

Drinkability: Mellow, roasty, and very smooth. Nothing to write home about, but enjoyable.

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a somewhat unimpressive head; still, the beer has legs and leaves streaks of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, dark fruit and licorice

Taste: Chocolate fudge, from the outset, with a hoppy bitterness that develops by mid-palate, bringing along currants, charcoal and licorice; coffee elements appear after the swallow, though it is ultimately dominated by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin

Drinkability: With the domination of the more subtle flavors by the roasty char and hoppy bitterness, this beer lacks some of the balance I seek in a hoppier style stout

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ol' Bomber. Storm trooper mask with stout in the goggles, ...how much did they have to pay Lucasfilm, to keep this gig going?

Aroma leaps out, it's a massive cacophony of dark delights, rich, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, molasses, ends on a dry note.

Look: Total darkness, with a nice toasted tan head.

Taste: Mmmm, a dark ale lover's dream. Warm, smooth, smokey, supple. Licks the palate with licorice whips, and tosses back chocolate frosting. Not too anything, in any way. Mmm, yummy. Gets deeper as we go, nice and whiskey-ish, smokey, dark and deep.

Dry, malty, smooth, and, did I say yum, yet? I'll say it again.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to classy mpetersen for setting me up with this treat in an early trade of mine. Can't hang on to it anymore, I'm excited for this one. And after a string of disappointing stouts recently, I'm banking on this to be decent. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a tulip. First of all this beer start with a strong foot forward for a simply very cool bottle design. Bonus Points. The actual beer looks nice too! It pours black with about an inch of creamy looking mocha colored head. Nice retention and thin lacing. I'm impressed. Ah! A big roasty RIS, I've been dying for one. This has a big aroma of roasted malts that have a bit of a smokey aroma, followed by dark fruits, cocoa and what I can only place as leather. I can faintly smell alcohol, but I think I'm a drug dog when it comes to smelling it and it's not overpowering anything. This really smells great, I'm impressed once again. The taste is mirroring the smell mostly. Big dark roasted malts, a bit of cocoa and bitter coffee finishing with a slight syrupy sweetness and dark fruits. It ends with a slightly smokey and earthiness as well. The mouthfeel is silky and thick with subtle carbonation kicking in to nicely liven up the brew. One of the more drinkable and enjoyable Russian Imperial Stouts in my opinion. I'll certainly seek this out again.

Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Images of Darth Vader comes to mind when I grab this bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Lots of aromas going on in the nose including coffee, vanilla, and sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced flavor. Sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark roast coffee with some bitter aftertaste. I know there was a lot of hype around this beer due to the Storm Trooper label not being used but this really is a good beer. May the force be with you.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SNXXX glass, this stout pours a Darth Vader black with a dark tan head that almost looks like tanned leather. The appearance is definitely as bad ass as the packaging.

S: The aroma is dark roasted malt, super bitter sweet chocolate, and black strap molasses. Classic RIS!

T: Flavor is stunningly simple. Everything is here that every stout made should baseline off of. A deeply roasted malt backbone made rich with molasses and bitter chocolate. Not much of a hop tingle which has seemed to become the latest trend. This brew is much comparable to stone IRS.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and smooth. Almost perfect.

D: Drink is boarder line perfect. Really this stout is just sitting a little heavy on my stomach, but I have yet to have eaten dinner.

Overall, big thanks to portia99 for hooking this baby up!. I would put this stout on the order of Stone RIS for those who can't get it. I'd love to see more of this and lay one down, however at 8.5% I'm not sure how much this guy would improve.

Photo of illidurit
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by photomike. Pours black with some mahogany corners to it. Nice creamy tan head. Aroma is a little faint, meandering chocolate and coffee notes, somewhat burnt. Chocolate mousse flavor with strong coffee notes, some syrup, and medium roast. Solid, unflawed taste profile here, good but unspectacular. The palate shines here -- rich but not too inky; dry but hefty.

Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had trades fall through for this one on several occasions, and it became especially difficult after the whole George Lucas thing happened. Finally got hooked up with this one in a big trade with NYCWheatFanSC. Thanks a lot man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours out relatively thick and makes a 2+ finger, tight, thicker looking mocha colored head that cascades upwards nicely after the pour. Great retention as well. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a good wisp, clinging to the sides on the way down. Wisp remains until the end, rejuvenating after each sip, and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A slightly thicker pour would give this a perfect score. Really good looking.

SMELL: Roasted malts and dark baker's chocolate mostly. Hints of molasses, but very chocolate dominated. Decently bold as well.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate again with some sweet caramel malt and bigger coffee and chocolate at the finish. Not as chocolaty as the nose had suggested, but more complex. Bitter-sweet caramel and roasted aftertaste is mild yet lingers nicely. Good flavors, but still not as big as others in the style.

PALATE: Full body and creamy on the palate, with medium, soft carbonation. Goes down smooth but finishes slightly astringent. Great feel in the mouth, but a little too astringent after the swallow. Score balances out here.

OVERALL: A high quality, medium strength imperial stout. It's not quite as big as others in the style obviously, but it's certainly tasty and is definitely a beauty pageant contestant. The finish, however, was unfortunately a little too astringent. Fix that up a little and you'd have a fantastic mouth-feel as well. Despite the slight flaw, this was an easy imperial stout to drink down and I would love the chance to have it again. Thanks again for the trade NYC!

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler for sharing this one. We did a side by side with IST and BA IST.

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades down. Color is black.

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark dried fruits. Sweet than the ba version.

Taste: big roasted malt profile, coffee is strong with dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. Earthy hops, some molasses and dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and roasted. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with coffee flavors.

Overall, pretty nice imp stout. I like this better than the BA version. The mouthfeel was a lot better.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely gets a 5.0 for packaging...

A: Pours pitch black with a big tan head that dissipates to about a finger after several minutes. Lots of foamy lace.

S: This is almost at room temperature and I'm not getting too much from the nose. Pretty much the typical suspects in slightly subdued forms: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt.

T: Fairly roasty and robust - lots of dark malt and coffee flavor. Dark chocolate and some smoke come through as well.

M: Full bodied and impressively smooth.

D: The bottle is probably the best part of this beer, but it's still a nice, easy drinking RIS. The alcohol is barely detectable.

Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black 1 finger brown head, fairly carbonated, but looks creamy.

Smells of sweet chocolate, some hops, roasted/burnt malt.

Sweet coffee, chocolate, earthy hoppy taste as well.

Creamy thick aftertaste good mouthfeel.

Well balanced beer, worth seeking out.

Photo of mgbickel
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Stigs for bringing this to the tasting.

Poured ~3oz. from a bomber into a Perfect Pint glass. The small pour yielded a single finger of dark khaki colored foam that receded rather quickly, leaving very little lace behind. The body is black, thick and evil looking.

The nose was not as impressive as other stouts tasted that night. Slight coffee and cocoa aromas sit on a heavily roasted malt backbone.

The taste is much more powerful and complex than the nose. Lots of roasted malts throughout the drink. Coffee, chocolate and molasses flavors can also be detected, but play background roles.

The mouth feel is medium-heavy, slick and creamy with moderate to light carbonation.

This is a great drinking stout. It has a reputation and lives up to it! Highly recommended if you can get it!

Photo of JMD
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly pitch black with huge dark tan head that last all the way to the bottom of the glass. Heavy, thick lacing that almost completely coasts the inside of the glass. A beautiful beer.

S: Big toasted malt aroma. Bitter sweet chocolate and coffee. Light hints of tobacco. Nice hop presence as well.

T: As you would expect, big malty flavors. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and fresh brewed expresso. Hints of dark fruit and raisins. Subtle notes of vanilla and sweet cream. Followed by a nice hop bite that lingers for a while on the tongue. Delicious.

M: Definitely full bodied, but not as thick and creamy as some other RIS's that I've tried.

D: NEBC puts out alot of great beers, and this one is no different. Big malt character that you expect from an RIS, but the aroma was a little too light. Either way, an outstanding brew. It's too bad we won't be able to get the awesome Star Wars graphics anymore. It's easily the coolest looking beer bottle I've seen. Hats off to NEBC.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Many thanks to cmorton for sharing his bottle with me. Review from notes.

The beer pours so black I can see my reflection in the glass. One finger khaki head. Retention is excellent! Beautiful looking RIS.

Smells of black currants, cocoa powder, and dark cherries.

The taste is of dark fruit and chocolate. Cocoa powder milk chocolate, dark cherries. Taste leans more towards dark fruit than chocolaty type RISs.

The mouthfeel is thick, full bodied, and rich with low carbonation, and a nice lil bite on the end. Everything one would want in the mouthfeel of a RIS.


Photo of axeman9182
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber from 2009, poured into a Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a shade below absolute black. The dark caramel head size and retention, as well as lacing are impressive for the style.The nose is largely of coffee, I was hoping for a little more chocolate, and it's a little bit dull. This is definitely a stout that leans more towards the coffee side than the bitter dark chocolate side when it comes to roasted malt flavor. THere's also some smokey/ashy notes that begin to fade into a taste of dark fruits as the beer warms. NEBC nailed the carbonation level, it does its job without being intrusive, and the beer is very smooth. If I had to make a critique, I'd say the beer could stand to be a little bigger/more rich. This beer just gets tastier as it warms up, and the fact that it's ridiculously smooth (and there's no hint of alcohol) makes it very easy to drink. It's not the best RIS I've had, but it's a very good one and I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

edit: came back and adjusted the taste score upwards, big rich chocolate flavors came out as this beer approached room temperature

Photo of womencantsail
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both Jeff and Steve for hooking me up with bottles of this one. I've been waiting to try it for quite some time now.

A: The pour is a nice looking dark brown, nearly black color with a finger's worth of brown head.

S: A slight acidity to the nose, which is unfortunate. A very strong roasted character without too much in the way of sweetness. Perhaps a touch of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Very, very roasty. Lots of coffee, and some more roasted malts for good measure. A good bitterness and just a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

M: The body is medium with medium carbonation, but it's a little high for an RIS.

D: Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this one. I enjoyed the roastiness of it, but there wasn't really anything else going on.

Photo of joepais
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big shout out to Craig for bringing this one down to try.

The 22 oz bottle was split two ways into snifters, it produced a short lived tan head that settled down to a ring of bubbles around the glass. The body of the brew was a typical stout black with small highlights' of red around the edge of the glass.

The presence of bitter coffee of aromas were right up front with a slight bitter coco following it up. The next thing that really surprised me was the lack of any real sweetness we figured the brew was around six months old and the bitter hops was still very evident. The flavor came of more as a espresso than a coffee the roast character of the malts stepped in front of the sweetness. Don't get me wrong It had a balance of some sweetness but I did expect some more considering the age I think at least six more months on this brew would do it wonders. I will slightly ding this brew for a slight lack of carbonation but the body was solid medium feel

The brew drank real well and was a wonderful finish to a night of superb sampling Thanks again Craig and Sarah

Photo of mbudner
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an '08 an '09 side by side, but the '08 was starting to turn a little with a bit of a sour kick (noticed in multiple aged bottles), so this is a review of the '09. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a 2-finger dark mocha head.

S- Bitter coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and a slight chemically smell.

T- A bit of booze, bitter chocolate, a bit roasty and a slightly astringent/drying/chemically flavor (not too noticeable though.)

MF- A bit over-carbonated for the style in my opinion and slightly thin.

D- Pretty drinkable for an RIS, but not one of the bigger ones at only 8.5%, but the booze isn't too bad in the finish.

Photo of skullsplitter
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Justin my tattoo artist for this one!

The pour was an opaque deep dark brown and somewhat syrupy. It seems most people had better head retention than I did. There was some minimal lacing. It looks good.

The smell was pretty on par with what I was expecting. There were some chocolate and caramel notes. I even noticed a slight dark fruit smell.

The taste was pretty damn good. With all of the hype I was afraid the beer might have been a little bit of a letdown. The caramel and chocolate were what hit me the most. The hops were there but I found them slightly subdued. With the light carbonation this added to the high drinkability. I had to remind myself this would not be easy to get again (if at all!) so I slowed down my pace and tried to savor it as best I could. It was a little watery for an imperial stout. But it works.

I only caught a slight hint of alcohol in the aftetaste. This surprised me. Perhaps this was aged for a little bit.

In the end it lived up to the hype. I enjoyed it for what it was. Not to mention it might have one of the best labels I have ever seen on a beer.

Imperial Stout Trooper from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.